Abstract Davy Smith 27th February 2014

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Intrinsic motivation, the pursuit of activities for their own sake rather than from separable consequences, is a term that has been applied to play, creativity, exploration and curiosity. Psychologists have shown that, in humans, intrinsic motivation is closely connected to the cumulative acquisition of knowledge and skills, which are fundamental to life-long learning and self-determination.

More recently, research in artificial intelligence has directed focus upon models of intrinsic motivation, with an aim towards creating agents capable of autonomous and adaptable behaviours in uncertain and varying environments.

In this presentation Davy shall outline initial research into creating AI agents based on a range of representations of intrinsic motivation. Current experiments focus upon evolutionary algorithms used to encourage varying degrees of points scored, survival and behavioural novelty within populations of spaceships in the classic arcade game Asteroids.

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